Gordon on NL 'Christmases' list


Seth Gordon, who helmed the critically acclaimed "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" documentary, is in final negotiations to direct "Four Christmases" for New Line Cinema.

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn are starring in the movie, which follows a young married couple — each one a child of divorced parents — who struggle to attend four different Christmas Day family celebrations. The project is based on a screenplay by Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson.

Spyglass Entertainment's Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jon Glickman are producing. Witherspoon and Vaughn also are producing.

New Line production president Toby Emmerich and production executives Mark Kaufman and Michael Disco will oversee the project for the company.

Gordon's boarding will finally make the long-gestating project official. "Christmases" originally was picked up as a spec and set up at Sony Pictures, which eyed it for holiday release in 2004, but the project was put into turnaround when it conflicted with another holiday comedy, Revolution's "Christmas With the Kranks." New Line picked it up in fall 2005 with Adam Shankman attached to direct. Shankman instead segued to the studio's "Hairspray," and "Shrek" director Vicky Jenson entered the picture, hoping to make her live-action debut on the film, but a deal never materialized.

"King of Kong" was released Friday by Picturehouse. The docu, about die-hard "Donkey Kong" video game fans, also is getting remade as a feature film by New Line that Gordon will direct.

He is repped by Endeavor, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Archer Norris.